In information found through a Freedom of Information (FOI) request we know that there were concerns that the Greater London Authority had on how the proposed tall building could impact the Walcot Square Conservation Area.
You can find the FOI document here. On page 36, paragraph 5, there is a specific excerpt which we would draw your attention to and it should be put into the context of that whole paragraph:
“In my opinion, the proposals would result in a high degree of harm to the setting of Walcot Square Conservation Area, the listed buildings in Walcot Square and the listed water tower.”
We would urge the residents in the overall Walcot area to look at this information as it was clear to any person on foot in the area that anyone living in Sullivan Road, Polperro Mews, Monkton Street, St Mary’s Walk , St Mary’s Gardens, may also have concerns and should be fully informed. Those residential streets are closely situated between the proposed 29 storey tower and Walcot Square
Feedback from residents in this area means we would recommend that you look at three “Visual Impact Appraisal documents” on the planning application website.
Part 1 is the Built Heritage, Townscape and Visual Impact Appraisal (HTVIA) Statement.
Part 2, has the views from Walcot Square (spelt Walcott) from the north west corner and southern central pavement, West Square, West Square Garden, Imperial War Museum Entrance and Gardens and other perspectives from across the river.
Part 3: has views looking towards the tower from St Mary’s Gardens, Hayles Street, Kennington Lane, Kennington Park Road, St Mary's Churchyard, Renfrew Road and other points.
All documents can be downloaded from the Lambeth Planning website here or downloaded below.
Please note Stop the Blocks Community Action Group takes no responsibility for the contents or accuracy of these documents. We recommend that in the first instance you go to the planning application’s database to find the latest version submitted by the planning applicant.